Chamber Chat July 3, 2014

Logo (2)

Chamber Chat


Waconda Lake Fireworks!


Heart Choices Fireworks

Heart Choices Fireworks Flyer

Chamber Coffee!

coffee cup

The next Chamber Coffee is Friday, July 18th at Gray Drug & Fountain from 9am-10:30am. Stop by to celebrate their 1st Anniversary, a cup of coffee and great networking!

Donate Blood in Honor of Keller King

Thursday, July 17
NCK Wellness Center Gym
3033 US Hwy 24, Beloit

About Keller

On February 11th, 2014, Jerica, Keller’s mother, noticed her son had an enlarged abdomen, a fever, looked very pale and lacked energy. This began a whirlwind of doctors’ appointments and medical tests that ended with admission into Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Keller had a cancerous Wilms tumor on his kidney. The tumor caused his red blood cell counts to be very low, requiring him to need a four-hour blood transfusion before he could undergo surgery to remove the tumor. Following the surgery, Keller began an 18-week chemotherapy program. He is doing well with his treatment program so far and is experiencing few side effects. Recent tests of his chest and abdomen have come back clear. Keller should complete his last round on July 3rd. Please donate blood for patients like Keller.

2014 Unemployment Insurance Changes for Kansas Business


Beginning in rate year 2015, all new employers, except those in the construction industry, who begin operation on July 1, 2014 or after are eligible for the new Unemployment Insurance (UI) contribution rate of 2.7 percent. Alternatively, if the employer moves to Kansas from another state, the employer may pay the Kansas rate corresponding with the employer’s earned experience from the previous state instead of the standard 2.7 percent. However, the minimum rate is 1 percent. To qualify for this alternative UI rate, employers must meet these requirements:
• The new employer has been in operation in another state for a minimum of three years;
• The new employer provides an authenticated account history from the employer’s operations;
• The business operations established in Kansas are of the same nature, as defined by the North American Industrial Classification System, as the operations in another state; and
• The new employer must make election of the alternative rate within 30 days of notice of Kansas liability.

For rate year 2014, which began January 1, 2014, existing eligible positive balance employers will see a 15% discount on their 2014 state unemployment tax rates. Eligible employers were notified in April.
Additionally, an expanding employer in Kansas is eligible to receive a lower rate based on the employer’s reserve fund ratio history or the new employer rate of 2.7 percent for four years, subject to approval by the Secretary of Labor. To qualify for this, an employer must meet the following criteria:
• There has been a 100 percent increase in the taxable payroll over the previous year, due to employment growth and not because of a change in the taxable wage base;
• The employer has a positive account balance, meaning the employer has contributed more to the UI System than what has been paid out in benefits to workers previously employed; and
• The employer maintains a positive account balance throughout the four-year period the reduced rate is in effect.
For existing employers, the bill removes the cap placed on voluntary contributions. Previously, voluntary contributions were limited to no more than five rate groups. Now, an employer is permitted to “buy down” the tax rate as much as desired.

4th Annual Wakonda Indian Festival

Come join us in celebrating the 4th Annual Wakonda Indian Festival, Saturday, July 19th and Sunday July 20th. Hours are 10am-5pm both days. Located at Glen Elder, Kansas State Park/Waconda Lake, Osage Area, off Highway 24, follow the signs. Entrance across from Lakeside Convenience. Suggested donation of $3.00 a person 12 & under free.

Offering Native American Dance, Hoop Dance, Drumming/Singing, Artwork, Indian Tacos, Fry Bread, Drinks, Educational Interaction with the crowd & Storytelling inside a teepee! Tents and tables provided for shade and relaxation. Bring your own lawn chair if you wish and enjoy the day! Raffles throughout both days!

Sponsored by Visions and Glen Elder State Park/Waconda Lake. Co-Sponsored by Mitchell County Convention and Tourism Committee, Lakeside Convenience, KD Country 94 and Z-96.3 The Lake.

For more information call 785-738-8035 or 785-545-3345.

St. John’s Harvest Festival

St. John’s Catholic Church is celebrating their 73rd Annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, July 26, 2014, on the school grounds, located in the 700 block of East Court Street in Beloit.

Activities will begin following the 5:00 P.M. Mass.

Available activities throughout the evening include the following:

• Burgers & Brats, with baked beans & potato salad • Children’s rides
• Games for all ages • Homemade ice cream, pies and cakes • Homemade goodies
• Funnel cakes • Garden Produce • Bingo until midnight
• Drawings for Grand Prizes at 10:30 p.m.

This year prizes include:

• $1,500 Cash Prize • Echo Trimmer
• $600 Apple Gift Card • $700 Cash Prize
• $300 Cash Prize • Echo Handheld Blower
• Banana Swing • Quilt hand quilted by the St John’s quilters


Feature Business of the Month

Would you like to showcase your business in the Chamber Office, Chamber website, Chamber Facebook page and in the weekly Chamber Chat for the month? Become Feature Business of the Month and you can do just that!

 feature business of the month Investment $50
As Feature Business of the Month, you will receive a place in the chamber Office to display your information, products and promotional merchandise. An article will be published on our website, facebook page and emailed to the Chamber members.

Agri Tourism Seminar

agri tourism


You Are Invited!
Please join us for the
“Golden Opportunities” Dinner and Auction on
Saturday, August 23, 2014.

A Special Thank You to the following sponsors:

Gold Level: Guaranty State Bank
Heineken Electric

Silver Level: Boettcher Supply, Inc.

Bronze Level: Pizza Hut
Mitchell Co. Hospital Health Systems Nex-Tech, Inc.
Cunningham Telephone & Cable
Fouts Insurance
KVSV Radio

For sponsorship opportunities, auction donations or ticket purchases, please contact Mari Tucker at 785-738-9051 or or visit our website: and click on the 50th Anniversary logo.

We hope to see you then!!

Have Any Exciting News to Share?

The Chamber wants to help spread the word about your business. “Noteworthy News” is your opportunity to do just that. It’s a great way to inform other Chamber members about anything that’s new within your organization. Fill us in on what’s happening from staff changes to a new product or service. Send it to by Thursday afternoons and I will include it in Chamber Chat!

Calendar of Events

Friday, July 4th – Chamber Office Closed
Saturday, July 5th – dusk – Waconda Lake Fireworks – Glen Elder
Monday, July 7th – 7pm – Mitchell County Fair Board – Guaranty State Bank
Tuesday, July 8th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Tuesday, July 8th – 7pm – Cassiopeia
Wednesday, July 9th – 2pm-4pm – Grand Opening of The EyeCare Center
Monday, July 14th – 7pm – Mitchell County Historical Society – Legion Annex
Tuesday, July 15th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Wednesday, July 16th – 9:30am – Beloit Ministerial Alliance
Thursday, July 17th – 11am-6pm – Blood Drive for Keller King – NCK Wellness Center Gym
Thursday, July 17th – 12:30pm – SVED Board – NCRP
Friday, July 18th – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – Gray Drug & Fountain
Saturday-Sunday, July 19th – 20th – Wakonda Indian Festival – Glen Elder State Park
Tuesday, July 22nd – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Saturday, July 26th – St. John’s Harvest Festival
Tuesday, July 29th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Monday, August 4th – 7pm – Mitchell County Fair Board – Guaranty State Bank
Tuesday, August 5th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Thursday-Saturday – August 7th-9th – Mitchell County Fair
Thursday, August 7th – Noon – Mitchell County Tourism – Courthouse
Friday, August 8th – 9am-10:30am – Chamber Coffee – Guaranty State Bank
Monday, August 11th – 7pm – Mitchell County Historical Society – Legion Annex
Tuesday, August 12th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Tuesday, August 12th – 7pm – Cassiopeia
Wednesday, August 13th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech
Thursday, August 14th – First day of School – St. John’s and USD #273
Thursday, August 14th – Noon – Chamber Board Meeting
Tuesday, August 19th – Noon – Rotary – Trail Room, Muni
Wednesday, August 20th – 9:30am – Beloit Ministerial Alliance
Wednesday, August 20th – Noon – Lions Club – NCK Tech
Thursday, August 21st – 12:30pm – SVED Board – NCRP
Saturday, August 23rd – NCK Tech 50th Anniversary

Stay up to date!
Like us on Facebook! Search for Beloit Area Chamber of Commerce or copy and paste the link below.!/pages/Beloit-Area-Chamber-of-Commerce/314284190327?fref=ts

Follow us on Twitter: @BeloitChamber
Follow our blog on for Beloitchamber



Leave a Reply